As Catholics, we are encouraged to share what we have with others, to respect our neighbors as ourselves and to assist those less fortunate. We typically respond to this request when asked and proceed to go about our daily lives until the next request comes. What most individuals do not realize is by sharing ourselves and helping those around us, we are in essence, practicing Christian stewardship. Stewardship is a way in which we say thanks to God for His kindness by returning a portion of our time, talent and treasure to those entrusted to us. Living our lives as faithful stewards and disciples of Jesus helps us to fulfill our Baptismal promises and to become the motivating strength behind our actions.
Be a Good Steward by sharing your Time, Talent and Treasure with your parish and our surrounding community.
Gregory was the Prefect of Rome before he was 30 years old. After five years he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate and became a Benedictine monk in his home at Rome.
Ordained a priest, he became one of the Pope’s seven deacons and also served six years in the east as papal nuncio in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot and at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and the people of Rome.
He was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking of money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and to care for the persecuted Jews and victims of plague and famine. He was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery. He is known for his reform of the liturgy and for strengthening respect for doctrine. Whether he was largely responsible for the revision of “Gregorian” chant is disputed.
An Anglican historian has written, “It is impossible to conceive what would have been the confusion, the lawlessness, the chaotic state of the middle ages without the medieval papacy; and of the medieval papacy, the real father is Gregory the Great.”
His book, Pastoral Care, on the duties and the qualities of a bishop, was read for centuries after his death. He described bishops mainly as physicians whose main duties were preaching and the enforcement of discipline. In his own down-to-earth preaching, Gregory was skilled at applying the daily Gospel to the needs of his listeners.
Called the “Great”, Gregory has been given a place with Augustine, Ambrose and Jerome one of the four key Doctors of the Western Church.